Nothing can prepare you for the joy and amazement of holding your own baby for the first time. However along with motherhood comes a whole lot of adjustment in your personal and social life. This article stresses the need of having a social life even in your early days of motherhood.
Socialization is generally described as getting to know one’s culture and learning to adapt to it and live with it. Children inculcate this habit in the early days of their childhood by observing their parents. They learn the attitudes, actions and values appropriate to a particular culture from them. So socializing is important for you as well as your child’s well-being and aids in their all round development
Even if you have a strong support system in terms of family and friends, still most new moms feel socially cut off from the world. The first important step is to accept the fact that with the arrival of a new baby there will be a change in your lifestyle. Feelings of isolation result and a good way deal with this ordeal is to befriend other women who have babies of the same age range. Meeting friends who are going through the same phase creates a space for you to vent your feelings. You could even create a support group with five or six suitable moms.
You have to take the initiative and create a time for your social outings. Ask your friends and family to help, maybe babysit your kid for a while as you take a break. Meet up with your old friends over coffee and talk about something other than poop and diapers. A change in the scenario will help your emotional and mental condition.
Another place where you do develop some social contacts is the net. Get online and you will get to interact with a lot of new moms in the cyberspace. Chat, blog or read what other moms are experiencing and going through and then maybe you will not feel like the only one in a unique situation. Now this discovery is a solace.
Socializing and meeting up with people gives a new verve to your day and breaks the cycle of feeding, sleeping, and playing with your infant. Your mental health improves and nothing is more enjoyable to your baby than a mommy in a good mood.